On episode 52, we hear from Owen Nicholls, author of the debut rom com Love, Unscripted. I really enjoyed this novel about Nick and Ellie, an Nick’s efforts to understand their relationship and why it ended. If you liked High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, Love Unscripted is definitely one for you to pick up. I’ve been seeing this novel everywhere for a good few months now, as its title is so similar to my own novel’s. It turns out that Owen and I actually grew up in neighbouring towns, too – so the slightly spooky similarities don’t end there!

Owen Nicholls and I talked about some underrated rom coms, a little known film he recommends to us all, and the breathtaking speed of the publishing industry (!) when compared to film making, and more.

You can listen to the episode here,

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Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

Love, Unscripted by Owen Nicholls

In at the Deep End, by Kate Davies

Do Not Feed the Bear, by Rachel Elliott

Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro

Daisy Jones & The Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Confession, by Jessie Burton

Gotta Get Theroux This: My Life and Strange Times on Television, by Louis Theroux

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe


Other things mentioned:

The Maid’s Head Hotel, Norwich

The Script Notes podcast

Love, Unscripted Giveaway!


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